playful

adjective
play·​ful | \ ˈplā-fəl How to pronounce playful (audio) \

Definition of playful

1 : full of play : frolicsome, sportive a playful kitten

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Other Words from playful

playfully \ ˈplā-​fə-​lē How to pronounce playfully (audio) \ adverb
playfulness noun

Examples of playful in a Sentence

She's an old dog, but she's still very playful. He had a playful expression on his face. a playful tone of voice You're certainly in a playful mood! She gave him a light playful slap on the knee.
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The Israeli company Monkey Business is known for useful products with playful designs — an orange peeler shaped like a leaf, animal wine bottle corkers, little monkeys that act as kitchen hooks. BostonGlobe.com, "The most useful pasta you’ll ever have," 11 June 2019 Archie will also bring out Harry's playful side throughout his life. Maggie Maloney, Town & Country, "Princess Diana's Astrologer Weighs in on Archie Mountbatten-Windsor's Birth Chart," 13 May 2019 Elsewhere on the feed, stars leaned into their playful sides. Akili King, Vogue, "Best Beauty Instagrams of the Week: Laura Harrier, Tracee Ellis Ross, and More," 10 Feb. 2019 Whatever the reason, that little bit of movie magic was all the film needed to achieve two things: to reveal Rachel’s playful side, and to mark a character transformation moment. Andrea Cheng, Glamour, "The Best Part of the Crazy Rich Asians Fashion Is the Revival of the Getting-Dressed Montage," 17 Aug. 2018 The summer solstice is considered a day to revel in the abundance of nature and embrace your playful side. refinery29.com, "This Is Your Guide To Having A High-Vibe Summer Solstice," 20 June 2018 Even a future king needs a little playtime! Prince George showed his playful side during his dad, Prince William‘s charity polo match at Beaufort Park last Sunday. Christina Butan, PEOPLE.com, "Prince George on the Loose! How the Future King 'Leapt Right Into It' on Polo Playdate," 13 June 2018 The keepers can't wait for Hoosiers to meet the macaques and see their playful side. Sarah Bowman, Indianapolis Star, "New Macaque monkeys at Indianapolis Zoo known for swimming, diving and photo-bombing," 22 May 2018 Balenciaga’s creative director, Demna Gvasalia, has quite the reputation for stepping into his playful side by riffing on the humble with the label’s designs. Ashley Hoffman, Time, "Balenciaga Is Trolling Everyone With a $755 'Plastic Bin' Shirt," 13 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of playful

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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More Definitions for playful

playful

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of playful

: happy and full of energy : eager to play
: showing that you are having fun and not being serious

playful

adjective
play·​ful | \ ˈplā-fəl How to pronounce playful (audio) \

Kids Definition of playful

1 : full of energy and a desire for fun a playful kitten
2 : not serious : humorous a playful mood

Other Words from playful

playfully \ -​fə-​lē \ adverb
playfulness noun

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